Business doesn’t stop just because the transfer window is closed, and as such there’s been some tasty news morsels emanating from the Emirates this week.
First off, master of the cheeky chip Carlos Vela has spoken out about his desire to stay in Spain. Currently playing for Real Sociadad and fresh off from scoring against Barcelona, Vela was asked about his future, to which he responded, “I would stay at Real. It is too early to talk about these issues but I do not close the door to Real. As I said, I’m happy here and would like to help the team stay up. Then we’ll see what happens in the summer.”
Since coming to North London in 2005, Vela has made more than twice the amount of appearances for loan clubs as he has Arsenal, and in six years has joined four different teams on short term deals. Unlike Wilshere, Coquelin, and Szczesny who all spent just one year away on loan, Vela doesn’t seem to be able to hold down a spot in the first team and probably sees a brighter future permanently away from Arsenal.
Essentially, Wenger took a chance on one of the brighter stars of the young Mexican golden generation, it didn’t work out, and so it looks like he’ll be off in the summer. Good luck Carlos, and thanks for the classy chip memories.
While one young gunner looks certain to be departing this summer, another has made a commitment to extend his contract and fight for his place in the team.
Speaking to a French newspaper who revealed the extension of his deal until 2015, Johan Djourou said about the squad and his chances,”The competition is enormous. I work in the shade while waiting for another chance to show my potential.”
Funky French translation aside, the message is pretty clear and good on him. It’s welcoming to see a player not happy to rest on his laurels and willing to fight for his spot on the team sheet, especially when we have at least two centre halves keeping him out of the squad right now on merit. Let’s hope he puts that belief into practice.
Finally, captain van Persie gave a massive vote of confidence to Theo Walcott after the Blackburn game, going so far as to claim that one day the rapid winger will regularly notch 20 goals a season. “Trust me, he will score. He will get 20 goals at least every season. You will see. Have faith in him.”
After checking his paltry goal tally for this season and having the fear of God put into him by the captain’s sound bite, Theo was quick to respond and play down expectations. “One of my main jobs as a winger is to get assists. The goals are a secondary thing.”
It’s hard to argue with Theo’s point, after his trio of assists against Blackburn he’s now level with Nasri, Nani and Bale in the assists table. Still, it’s also difficult to disagree with Robin’s prediction when you look at Theo at times. He’s one of the fastest in the league and when he does score it’s usually with aplomb. But those instances are too sparse in comparison with the amount of chances he spurs.
His overall game needs to improve; he looks at his most effective when a great midfield pass has done half the work for him and he doesn’t have to beat a defender.
Robin’s words sound like the stuff of a captain trying to support his player. But if Walcott works hard and grows in confidence I think he has all the attributes and skill to be that 20 goal a season man.
One step at a time Theo (just remember to put one leg in front of the other when you’re doing it).
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PS Thanks for all the questions for Per and big kudos to those who wrote theirs in German, we’re doing it in Per’s native tongue so you saved me some translating work.